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Superabsorbent Polymers Market By Product (Sodium Polyacrylate, Polyarylamide Copolymers), By Application (General Application, Medical Application) - Growth, Share, Opportunities & Competitive Analysis, 2015 - 2022

Published: Mar 2016 | Report Code: 57726-03-16

Hygiene awareness among the population has led to gradual changes in the standards and living of the population in developed as well as developing economies. High demand for disposable hygiene products is reported in the market. Baby diapers are expected to experience high demand due to the absorption capacity of superabsorbent polymers. Superabsorbent polymers are expected to retain liquid of almost 800 times of its own weight. This property of superabsorbent polymers has led to its application in wide range of industries such as agriculture, medical, water treatment, etc. Sodium polyacrylate is the polymer which is responsible in absorbing water and converting it into gel which avoid water leakage.

Hence, high demand is observed from other products such as feminine hygiene products and adult incontinence products among others. Other polymers such as polyacrylamide copolymers are widely used for industrial applications such as water treatment, agriculture, etc. Medical applications have also contributed to the growth of global superabsorbent polymers market. Superabsorbent polymers are used in manufacturing wound care products which include both traditional and advanced wound care products. Superabsorbent polymers help absorb liquids and exudates, aiding quick healing of wounds. Therefore, medical applications are projected to fuel growth of global superabsorbent polymers market during the forecast period from 2016 to 2022.Superabsorbent polymers market was valued at US$ 39,548.1 Mn in 2015 and is expected to reach US$ 64,761.9 Mn by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 7.3% during the forecast period 2016-2022.

Purpose of the Report
The purpose of this strategic research study titled “Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market - Growth, Share, Opportunities, and Competitive Analysis, 2015 – 2022” is to provide company executives, industry investors, and industry participants with in-depth insights to enable them make informed strategic decisions regarding the opportunities in the global rapeseed oil market.

Target Audience

  • Industry Investors
  • Superabsorbent Polymers Providers/Vendors
  • Research Professionals
  • Emerging Companies
  • Raw Material Suppliers/ Buyers
  • Product Suppliers/ Buyers
  • Research Institutes

USP and Key Offerings
The report titled “Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market - Growth, Share, Opportunities, and Competitive Analysis, 2015 – 2022” offers strategic insights into the global superabsorbent polymers market along with the market size and estimates for the duration 2015 to 2022. The said research study covers in-depth analysis of multiple market segments based on product types and end-user applications, and cross-sectional study across different geographies.

In order to help strategic decision makers, the report also includes competitive profiling of the leading superabsorbent polymer vendors, their expansion strategies, market positioning, and latest developments. Other in-depth analyses provided in the report include:Current and future market trends to justify the forthcoming attractive markets within superabsorbent polymers industry

  • Market fuelers, market impediments, and their impact on the market growth
  • In-depth competitive environment analysis
  • Trailing 2-Year market size data (2013 – 2014)
  • SRC (Segment-Region-Country) Analysis

Overall, the research study provides a holistic view of the global superabsorbent polymers market, of growth, offering market size and estimates for the period from 2015 to 2022, keeping in mind the above mentioned factors.

Chapter 1 Preface
1.1 Report Description
1.1.1 Purpose of the Report
1.1.2 Target Audience
1.1.3 USP and Key Offerings
1.2 Research scope
1.3 Market Segmentation
1.4 Research Methodology
1.4.1 Phase I – Empirical Phase
1.4.2 Phase II – Analytical Phase h
1.4.3 Phase III – Dissemination Phase
1.4.4 Approach Adopted

Chapter 2 Executive Summary
2.1 Market Snapshot: Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market
2.2 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market Market, By Product
2.3 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market Market, By Application
2.5 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market Market, By Geography

Chapter 3 Market Dynamics
3.1 Introduction
3.1.1 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market Volume and Revenue, 2015 – 2022, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
3.2 Key Market Strategies
3.2.1 Product Pricing Analysis
3.2.2 Regulatory Impact on Market
3.3 Market Drivers
3.4 Market Challenges
3.4 Future Outlook of the Market
3.5 See-Saw Analysis
3.5.1 Impact Analysis of Drivers and Restraints
3.6 Attractive Investment Proposition
3.7 Competitive Analysis
3.7.1 Market Positioning of Key Vendors

Chapter 4 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market Analysis, By Product
4.1 Overview
4.1.1 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market by Product, 2015 – 2022, (Kilo Tons)(US$ Mn)
4.2 Sodium Polyacrylate
4.2.1 Global Sodium Polyacrylate for Superabsorbent Polymers Market, 2015 – 2022, (Kilo Tons)(US$ Mn)
4.3 Polyarylamide Copolymers
4.3.1 Global Polyacrylamide Copolymers for Superabsorbent Polymers Market, 2015 – 2022, (Kilo Tons)(US$ Mn)
4.4 Others
4.4.1 Global Others Market, 2015 – 2022, (Kilo Tons)(US$ Mn)

Chapter 5 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market Analysis, By Application
5.1 Overview
5.1.1 General Application
5.1.1 Baby Diapers
5.1.1 Feminie Hygiene Products
5.1.1 Adult Icontinence Products
5.1.1.1 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market for General Application, 2015 – 2022, (Kilo Tons)(US$ Mn)
5.1.1.1 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market for Baby Diapers, 2015 – 2022, (Kilo Tons)(US$ Mn)
5.1.1.1 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market for Feminine Hygiene Products, 2015 – 2022, (Kilo Tons)(US$ Mn)
5.1.1.1 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market for Adult Incontinence Products, 2015 – 2022, (Kilo Tons)(US$ Mn)
5.1.2 Medical Applications
5.1.1 Traditional Wound Care
5.1.1 Advanced Wound Care
5.1.1 Others
5.1.2.1 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market for Medical Applications, 2015 – 2022, (Kilo Tons)(US$ Mn)
5.1.2.1 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market for Traditional Wound Care, 2015 – 2022, (Kilo Tons)(US$ Mn)
5.1.2.1 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market for Advanced Wound Care, 2015 – 2022, (Kilo Tons)(US$ Mn)
5.1.2.1 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market for Others, 2015 – 2022, (Kilo Tons)(US$ Mn)

Chapter 6 SRC View
6.1 Segmentation View (Product/ Application)
6.1.1 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market Volume, by Product, 2015 – 2022, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
6.1.2 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market Volume, by Application, 2015 – 2022, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)

Chapter 7 RC View
7.1 North America Superabsorbent Polymers Market Analysis
7.1.1 Overview
7.1.2 North America Superabsorbent Polymers Market Volume, by Product, 2015 – 2022, (Kilo Tons)
7.1.3 North America Superabsorbent Polymers Market Revenue, by Product, 2015 – 2022, (US$ Mn)
7.1.4 North America Superabsorbent Polymers Market Volume, by Application, 2015 – 2022, (Kilo Tons)
7.1.5 North America Superabsorbent Polymers Market Revenue, by Application, 2015 – 2022, (US$ Mn)

7.2 Europe Superabsorbent Polymers Market Analysis
7.2.1 Overview
7.2.2 Europe Superabsorbent Polymers Market Volume, By Product, 2015 – 2022, (Kilo Tons)
7.2.3 Europe Superabsorbent Polymers Market Revenue, By Product, 2015 – 2022, (US$ Mn)
7.2.4 Europe Superabsorbent Polymers Market Volume, By Application, 2015 – 2022, (Kilo Tons)
7.2.5 Europe Superabsorbent Polymers Market Volume, By Application, 2015 – 2022, (US$ Mn)

7.3 Asia Pacific Superabsorbent Polymers Market Analysis
7.3 Overview
7.3.1 Asia Pacific Superabsorbent Polymers Market Volume, By Product, 2015 – 2022, (Kilo Tons)
7.3.2 Asia Pacific Superabsorbent Polymers Market Revenue, By Product, 2015 – 2022, (US$ Mn)
7.3.3 Asia Pacific Superabsorbent Polymers Market Volume, By Application, 2015 – 2022, (Kilo Tons)
7.3.4 Asia Pacific Superabsorbent Polymers Market Revenue, 2015 – 2022, (US$ Mn)

7.5 Rest of the World (RoW) Superabsorbent Polymers Market Analysis
7.5.1 Overview
7.5.2 Rest of the World Superabsorbent Polymers Market Volume, By Product, 2015 – 2022, (Kilo Tons)
7.5.3 Rest of the World Superabsorbent Polymers Market Revenue, By Product, 2015 – 2022, (US$ Mn)
7.5.4 Rest of the World Superabsorbent Polymers Market Volume, By Application, 2015 – 2022, (Kilo Tons)
7.5.5 Rest of the World Superabsorbent Polymers Market Revenue, By Application, 2015 – 2022, (US$ Mn)

Chapter 8 Company Profiles
8.1 BASF SE
8.2 Evonik Industries
8.3 Formosa Plastics Co.
8.4 LG Chem Ltd
8.5 Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd.
8.6 SDP Global Co., Ltd.
8.7 Sumitomo Seika Chemical Co., Ltd.
8.8 Others

List of Figures

FIG. 1 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market: Market Segmentation 17
FIG. 2 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market: Research Methodology 18
FIG. 3 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market, By Product 2016 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn) 21
FIG. 4 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market, By Application 2016 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn) 22
FIG. 5 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market, By Geography, 2016 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn) 23
FIG. 6 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market Revenue, 2013 – 2022 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn) 24
FIG. 7 See-Saw Analysis : Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market 28
FIG. 8 Attractive Investment Proposition 30
FIG. 9 Market Positioning of Key Superabsorbent Polymers Companies , 2014 31
FIG. 10 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market Revenue, By Products, 2016 & 2022 (US$ Mn) 32
FIG. 11 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market Volume and Revenue for Sodium Polyacrylate, 2013 – 2022, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn) 33
FIG. 12 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market Volume and Revenue for Polyarylamide Copolymers, 2013 – 2022, (Kilo Tons) ( (US$ Mn) 34
FIG. 13 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market Volume and Revenue for Others, 2013 – 2022, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn) 35
FIG. 14 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market Revenue, By Applications, 2014 & 2022 (US$ Mn) 36
FIG. 15 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market Volume and Revenue for Baby Diapers, 2013 – 2022, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn) 37
FIG. 16 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market Volume and Revenue for Feminie Hygiene Products, 2013 – 2022, (Kilo Tons) ( (US$ Mn) 38
FIG. 17 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market Volume and Revenue for Adult Icontinence Products 2013 – 2022, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn) 39
FIG. 18 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market Volume and Revenue for Traditional Wound Care 2013 – 2022, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn) 40
FIG. 19 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market Volume and Revenue for Advanced Wound Care 2013 – 2022, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn) 41
FIG. 20 Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market Volume and Revenue for Others 2013 – 2022, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn) 41
FIG. 21 North America Superabsorbent Polymers Market Volume and Revenue, 2013 – 2022, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn) 42
FIG. 22 Comparative Analysis of North America Superabsorbent Polymers Market Revenue, By Country, 2013 – 2022, (US$ Bn) 45
FIG. 23 Europe Superabsorbent Polymers Market Volume and Revenue, 2013 – 2022, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn) 46
FIG. 24 Comparative Analysis of Europe Superabsorbent Polymers Market Revenue, By Region, 2013 – 2022, (US$ Mn) 49
FIG. 25 Asia Pacific Superabsorbent Polymers Market Volume and Revenue, 2013 – 2022, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn) 50
FIG. 26 Comparative Analysis of Asia Pacific Superabsorbent Polymers Market Revenue, By Region, 2013 – 2022, (US$ Mn) 53
FIG. 27 Middle East & Africa Superabsorbent Polymers Market Volume and Revenue, 2013 – 2022, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn) 54
FIG. 28 Comparative Analysis of Middle East & Africa Superabsorbent Polymers Market Revenue, By Country, 2013 – 2022, (US$ Mn) 56
FIG. 29 RoW Superabsorbent Polymers Market Volume and Revenue, 2013 – 2022, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn) 58
FIG. 30 Comparative Analysis of RoW Superabsorbent Polymers Market Revenue, By Country, 2013 – 2022, (US$ Mn) 60

List of Tables

TABLE 1 Market Snapshot: Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market 20
TABLE 2 Impact Indicators 29
TABLE 3 Impact Analysis of Drivers and Restraints 29
TABLE 4 North America Superabsorbent Polymers Market Volume & Revenue, By Products, 2013 – 2022 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn) 43
TABLE 5 North America Superabsorbent Polymers Market Revenue, By Applications, 2013 – 2022 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn) 44
TABLE 6 Europe Superabsorbent Polymers Market, By Products, 2013 – 2022 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn) 47
TABLE 7 Europe Superabsorbent Polymers Market, By Applications, 2013 – 2022 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn) 48
TABLE 8 Asia Pacific Superabsorbent Polymers Market, By Products, 2013 – 2022 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn) 51
TABLE 9 Asia Pacific Superabsorbent Polymers Market, By Applications, 2013 – 2022 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn) 52
TABLE 10 Middle East & Africa Superabsorbent Polymers Market, By Products, 2013 – 2022 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn) 55
TABLE 11 Middle East & Africa Superabsorbent Polymers Market, By Applications, 2013 – 2022 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn) 56
TABLE 12 RoW Superabsorbent Polymers Market, By Products, 2013 – 2022 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn) 59
TABLE 13 RoW Superabsorbent Polymers Market, By Applications, 2013 – 2022 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn) 60
TABLE 14 BASF SE : Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Key Industries Served, SCOT Analysis, Recent Developments) 62
TABLE 15 Evonik Industries : Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Key Industries Served, SCOT Analysis, Recent Developments) 64
TABLE 16 Formosa Plastics Co. : Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Key Industries Served, SCOT Analysis, Recent Developments) 66
TABLE 17 LG Chem Ltd : Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Key Industries Served, SCOT Analysis, Recent Developments) 68
TABLE 18 Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd.. : Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Key Industries Served, SCOT Analysis, Recent Developments) 70
TABLE 19 SDP Global Co., Ltd.. : Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Key Industries Served, SCOT Analysis, Recent Developments) 72
TABLE 20 Sumitomo Seika Chemical Co., Ltd. : Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Key Industries Served, SCOT Analysis, Recent Developments) 74

Product Segmentation Analysis
On the basis of its properties and characteristics, superabsorbent Polymers are categorized into following product types:

  • Sodium Polyacrylate
  • Polyacrylamide Copolymers
  • Others (Ethylene maleic anhydride, polyvinyl alcohol copolymers, etc.)

Superabsorbent Polymers Market 

Sodium polyacrylate is the water absorbing agent found in disposable diapers. This polymer is responsible of holding almost 800 times its own weight. This water locking property of these polymers has led to high demand from various industries such as disposable products, agriculture and water treatment industries in the market. Polyacrylamide copolymers also share the same function as sodium polyacrylate. These polymers are mostly used in water treatment and paper mining industry. Among these sodium polyacrylate accounts for larger share of global superabsorbent polymers market due to its applications in baby diapers, disposable hygiene products and medical products globally. Superabsorbent polymers are used on a large scale to manufacture baby diapers and disposable hygiene products. Polyacrylamide copolymers are expected to experience steady growth during the forecast period.

Polyacrylamide copolymers are used by industries such as agriculture for retaining water in soil. The areas which suffer water shortage make use of these polymers to grow crops. Water treatment industries are also expected to fuel demand for polyacrylamide copolymers as it is used for cleaning water. Other polymers such as ethylene maleic anhydride and polyvinyl alcohol copolymers among others are also anticipated to contribute to the growth of superabsorbent polymers in the market. Therefore, the beneficial properties of these polymers are expected to generate high demand for superabsorbent polymers in the market during the forecast period from 2015 to 2022.

Application Segmentation Analysis
On the basis of its end use, the superabsorbent polymers market is categorized into following applications:

  • General Application
    • Baby Diapers
    • Feminine Hygiene Products
    • Adult Incontinence Products
  • Medical Application
    • Traditional Wound Care
    • Advanced Wound Care
    • Others
  • Others (Agriculture, Artificial Snow, Water treatment, etc.)

Superabsorbent Polymers Market

General applications accounted for the largest share of global superabsorbent polymers market revenue in 2015. General applications include baby diapers, feminine hygiene products and adult incontinence products. Among these, baby diapers hold the highest share of more than 70% of general application. Superabsorbent, by its name describes its property of absorbing high amount of water. These polymers are used in the manufacture of baby diapers as these crystals soak water and transform it into gel. This has led to high demand for superabsorbent polymers from baby diaper manufacturing industry due to high demand for diapers in the market. Therefore baby diapers are expected to create high demand for superabsorbent polymers in the market. Growing hygiene awareness among the population is another factor driving the growth of global superabsorbent polymers market. Feminine hygiene products are on rise due to the hygiene awareness among the people in both rural and urban localities. Adult Incontinence products are also expected to fuel superabsorbent polymers demand in the market.

Superabsorbent polymers are widely used in the manufacture of medical items such as wound care products. Wound care products are of multiple variety and superabsorbent polymers are used in almost every wound care product to absorb liquids and exudates. Wound care is further segmented into traditional and advanced wound care. Advanced wound care is expected to experience high demand from the market due to its quick healing properties. Therefore, medical applications are also expected to offer high growth opportunities for global superabsorbent polymers market during the forecast period from 2016 to 2022.

On the basis of geography, the global superabsorbent polymers market is segmented into two following categories,

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa
  • Rest of the World (RoW)

Superabsorbent Polymers Market 

Growing hygiene awareness in the developed and developing economies has led to increasing demand for hygiene products such as feminine hygiene products and adult incontinence products among others. These products are used widely in developed as well as developing regions such as North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Among these regions, North America is leading region contributing to the growth of superabsorbent polymers in the market. The growing demand for hygiene products and baby diapers has led to increasing production of superabsorbent polymers.

Asia Pacific accounted to be the fastest growing market at a CAGR of 6.6% in terms of revenue. Changing hygiene practices in the region, especially in countries like India and China has increased the use of feminine hygiene products and baby diapers. Growing awareness regarding health issues of hygiene has transformed the developing economies to adopt advanced hygiene products. Therefore, Asia Pacific anticipated boosting high demand for superabsorbent polymers in the market. With the advent of technology, Europe is also projected to contribute to the demand and growth of superabsorbent polymers to create advanced medical products by using superabsorbent polymers. Superabsorbent polymers market is therefore expected to experience high demand during the forecast period not only from general and medical applications, but also other applications such as agriculture and water treatment plants globally.

Hismation
The polymers which possess the property of absorbing aqueous liquids and water more than its own weight are termed as superabsorbent polymers (SAP). These polymers retain more than 500 times the weight of polymers. The primary benefit of superabsorbent polymers is retaining water against pressure. The common form of superabsorbent polymers is dry, white or off white in color similar to table salt. Superabsorbent polymers vary in the absorption capacity and even in the speed of absorption. The commercial use and production of superabsorbent polymers started in Japan as feminine napkins.

The history of superabsorbent polymers starts from the year 1960 in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The scientists working in USDA were conducting research on few materials which would conserve water in soils. Searching for such a material, they developed a resin named acrylonitrile polymer which has absorbing capacity of more than 400 times its weight. This polymer was used to manufacture wide range of products until 1980. In 1080’s the absorbing materials used were fiber based products or cellulose based products which had absorbing capacity of 20 times their weight. With the advent of technology, research and developments introduced new absorbing materials to the materials such as polyacrylate and polyacrylamide polymers which can retain and absorb water of about 1000 times its weight.

Superabsorbent polymer was first used in Europe in baby diaper in the year 1982. Schickendanz and Beghin-Say added superabsorbent polymer to the absorbent core of the diaper. UniCharm was the first company to introduce baby diaper in Japan. The second company to manufacture superabsorbent polymer was Procter & Gamble and Kimberly Clark in the United States. Use of superabsorbent polymers transformed the diaper industry. Diaper manufacturers started manufacturing diapers using superabsorbent polymers to take benefit of the liquid retaining property. This gave rise to advanced baby diapers which retained high amount of liquid keeping the baby butt dry and free of rashes. These superabsorbent polymers have replaced the fluff pulp in diapers which have transformed the heavy puffy diapers into lightweight diapers. More than 70% of superabsorbent polymers are utilized in the production of diapers. Therefore, superabsorbent polymers experienced huge demand from the diaper industry.

Other hygiene products such as feminine hygiene products and adult incontinence products were also manufactured using superabsorbent polymers. In the year 1978, Park Davis was the first to use superabsorbent polymers in manufacturing sanitary napkins. The development of superabsorbent polymers and the technology to manufacture superabsorbent experienced high growth due to high demand from the disposable hygiene sector. Superabsorbent polymers were then used for wide range of applications depending on its function. Other applications such as agriculture and water treatment are also anticipated to fuel growth of global superabsorbent polymers in the market. Agriculture industry is expected to offer high opportunity in the market during the forecast period. Superabsorbent Polymers are used in the water treatment plants to clean contaminated water from small and large water bodies. These applications are among the major factors contributing to the growth of global superabsorbent polymers in the market.

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